Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Homemade takeout...

One of J's favorite dishes from back home is ginger beef from one particular Chinese restaurant, after some recent cravings we said we would have to give a homemade version a try. I found this recipe and off we went. Almost as good as the take out only difference being we had to make it ourselves ;-)




 
Marinade
 
2 tbsp  rice vinegar
5 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp peeled, grated fresh ginger
1 tsp chile pepper flakes
1 tsp ground cumin
 
 
Beef and stir-fry
1 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lb top sirloin steak
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 hot chilies,seeded, sliced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, sliced
2 cups spinach
6 mini sweet corn cobs
1-inch nob of ginger, peeled, cut lengthwise into matchstick shapes
4 green onions, cut in 1/2-inch slices, including the greens
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
 
 
 
Chill the steak in the freezer for 30 minutes before you slice it, crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. The cut each slice lengthwise into strips. Chilling in the freezer makes it easier to slice the steak.
 
Whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, grated ginger, honey, red chile flakes, and cumin in a small bowl. Add the beef and marinade to a ziplock bag and mix to coat the meat and let it sit for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
 
Mix the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water to make a slurry. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, over high heat until it is nearly smoking. As the oil is heating up, pat the beef dry and separate it into small sections. Working in batches, sauté the beef until just brown outside but rare inside, about 1 minute. Transfer beef to a bowl.
 
When all of the beef is cooked, put the chilies and garlic into the pan and stir-fry 30-45 seconds. Add the ginger and cook for 30-45 seconds more. Add the peppers, sweet corn and spinach cook for a couple of minutes then add the beef back to the pan. Add the cornstarch slurry. Add the green onions and mix everything together. Cook for 1 minute. Turn the heat off and mix in the cilantro.
 
Once marinated this dish moves very quick so while your beef is marinating prepare your side dish. We had brown rice, cooked according to the packaging instructions in some vegetable stock I had. Then all that's left to do is plate up and enjoy.
 
We have made this dish a couple of times now and changed out the veg for something different. If so versatile and easy to make.




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Michelle xxx